Saracens recorded a comfortable victory over NEC Harlequins, who suffered their eighth successive defeat in the Premiership. The visitors were virtually home and dry by the interval thanks to three first half tries. After scoring 21 points when the two sides met at Vicarage Road, centre Kevin Sorrell helped himself to another 15 points in this game.
After two minutes, the score was 3-3. Sorrell opened his account with a penalty after 60 seconds, though Niall Woods responded in similar fashion for Quins a minute later. After failing to convert an overlap opportunity, Sorrell's second penalty put Saracens back in front as Quins were penalised for being offside.
The first try of the game came after 11 minutes. Number eight Tony Diprose drew in the Quins defence before giving Sorrell a clear run to the line down the right wing. Even though the conversion was missed, Saracens had built up an eight-point lead. The next try followed minutes later when Kyran Backen took a quick tap penalty from inside his own half. A flowing move ended with Bracken giving Tim Horan a sprint to the line. With Sorrell making no mistake with the conversion, Quins trailed by 3-18 after only 13 minutes.
Quins then came close to registering their first try of the game. Will Greenwood's clever cross-field chip caused panic in the Saracens defence. Ben Gollings was desperately unlucky not to claim possession and cross for the score, though he did seem to be held back by opposite number Dan Luger but the referee waved play on. Luger himself then dropped a scoring pass from full back Brett Sparg after 32 minutes.
Woods second penalty cut Saracens advantage by three points four minutes before the interval but Saracens third try right on half-time turned out to be a killer blow. A powerful run from lock Kieran Roche took play up to the Quins line. With the ball going wide, Diprose was on hand to crash over in the corner. Sorrell's conversion made it 6-25 at the break.
A Woods penalty in the opening exchanges after the re-start offered some hope for the home support which was furthered on 50 minutes when Brendon Daniel finished off a flowing move by the backs following a five meter scrum. Craig Chalmers failed to convert from outwide but Saracens lead was down to nine points.
The rest of the match was fairly non-eventful, with Quins unable to make any further impression on the scoreboard. Saracens kept hammering away at the Quins line and Luger completed the scoring with just over five minutes remaining, capitalising on the overlap that had been created outwide. Sorrell missed the conversion but Quins were already well beaten.
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